Consumer guide

How to taste caviar

Our recommendation is to taste this delicacy alone, with a Mother of pearl spoon, so that other products don’t interfere with the original taste, as long as the caviar is fresh and without preservatives. An example is our Organic caviar with its round eggs that explode in the palate, known as being ‘for connoisseurs’, it has the same pure flavour enjoyed by the Tsars. Even though we recommend tasting it directly from the back of your hand to dull the cold sensation, very few dare to do so.

If you would like to combine it with other flavours, you can place the caviar inside boiled quail eggs without the yolk, on egg whites or baked potatoes for example. Of course you always have the classic dish from the chef José Andrés, fried eggs with caviar, one of his favourite dishes.

In terms of drinks to accompany it, it is most commonly paired with champagne, ice cold vodka and very dry white wine.

How to buy caviar

Different aspects should be taken into account when buying authentic, top quality caviar. The first thing is to really understand what caviar is: it is sturgeon roe prepared for human consumption. Everything else is fish or crustacean roe, or simply substitutes, not caviar.

Sturgeon is a fish of prehistoric origin which has inhabited the planet for 250 million years. Currently,there are hardly any wild sturgeon left, as it is a species in extinction due to overfishing, pollution and dams which makes it difficult for them to migrate for reproduction. Practically all the caviar currently produced in the world proceeds from the breeding of sturgeon in captivity, therefore any caviar which is sold as a fishery product is considered fraudulent.

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In fact, the CITES (Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora) seal exists to regulate trade and therefore avoid fraud, much of which is directly related to China.

What to focus on when buying authentic caviar in a store or online:

It should bear labels of guarantee or seals.

It has to include an accurate description of the product and its traceability on the label: code of the species, code of product origin, ISO code with two letters that correspond to the country of origin, year of production, registration code of the processing plant and batch identification number.

Any re-packaging should maintain the information regarding the origin of the product.

A product is often sold giving the impression it is Beluga, Iranian or Russian when in fact it is Chinese caviar that is re-packaged and not even Beluga. The consumer should bear in mind that currently there is quite a lot of Chinese caviar on the market and others which proceed from closed circuits of recirculating water, with a residual taste of sludge. The labels on packaging have even been replaced at times to deceive consumers.

When sturgeon was declared a species in danger of extinction, CITES regulated the trade of caviar to ensure that all the traffic proceeded from legal producers.

To detect this fraud, it is important to read the CITES line of code found normally on the back of the packaging, in which the origin and traceability of the product is certified. Learn to read this extremely important label in our section: The CITES seal.